Cardinal Sign

Similar: Mutable sign, Fixed Sign, Grand Cardinal Cross

Cardinal is one of the three sign qualities in Northern Astrology that can be associated with your sign. 

Cardinal signs are the leaders in the zodiac and are often considered the most successful as a result. Their inner strength and motivation make them go-getters, often being viewed as the most energetic, outgoing, and engaging signs in the zodiac. 

There are four signs that fall under the Cardinal modality:

  1. Aries (Fire Cardinal) - A raw force led by a powerful desire to keep moving. 

  2. Cancer (Water Cardinal) - A force of feelings that focuses on pursuing emotion and hearts intention.

  3. Libra (Air Cardinal) - A breath of fresh air that is full of new ideas, creativity, and connections. The only thing that can stop them is themselves. 

  4. Capricorn (Earth Cardinal) - a grounded force that focuses on the future and their goals. Achievement and progress matter most. 

A graphic that represents the different zodiac sign qualities.

In Astrology, the word Cardinal is derived from the French "cardo", which means "hinge". Cardinal Signs are the hinges that connect and direct our lives — the initiators. Cardinal also originates from the word Cardinalis or important/principal in Latin, referencing each Cardinal sign’s attachment to the beginning of each new season.

The Cardinal Signs also usher in their respective seasons and line up with seasonal equinoxes: 

  • Aries season (starting March 21st) launches Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere; 

  • Capricorn season (starting December 22nd) launches Winter  in the Northern Hemisphere and Summer in the Southern Hemisphere; 

  • Cancer season (starting June 21st) launches Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter in the Southern Hemisphere; 

  • Libra season (starting September 22nd) launches Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

You might also be interested in


How Tarot Can Transform Your New Year

Tarot Deck Image Credit: Modern Witch Tarot ​As exciting as it can be to count down to a brand new year, the start of the new year brings forth transformative energy that can be… Read Full Article »

How to Tackle Holiday Stress, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Even among what should be one of the happiest and most exciting times of the year, the holiday season can be stressful even for those of us who are calmer than others! We all know… Read Full Article »

Working with the Water: Chakra Work for Pisces

Astrology goes far beyond the study of the stars and how they affect us, because astrology is connected to so many aspects of our daily lives. Astrology is certainly concerned… Read Full Article »